For most families from extreme poverty situations, there is little hope of ever overcoming poverty. But in Rwanda, there are several co-ops who refuse to live the story of poverty. Here's how they are defeating poverty by preserving a cultural craft passed down for generations.
We all have dreams of what our life stories will look like. But few westerners would articulate that dream in the way a co-op in Rwanda does,
"We hope that in the future, every member [of our co-op] will own her own home with running water and electricity."
The women of the Duteraninkunga Cooperative hope to accomplish this dream through sharing the ancient Rwandan craft of basket weaving. And their story is already changing: through the fair trade wages provided by Azizi Life (a partner of Jesus' Economy), now the weavers can afford to go to the doctor when someone in their family is ill; they also have the resources to send their children to school. On JesusEconomy.org, your holiday shopping tells a better story: you get to be part of a story like this one.
One co-op from Rwanda began with a woman who had a desire to help people in her community live a better story than poverty. To do so, Immaculee Nyiramuhakwa invited a group of other impoverished women to learn to weave. More than 15 years later, the Abaharaniriterambere Cooperative has 26 women and 2 men creating functional household items from banana tree leaves and stalks.
Azizi Life, partner of Jesus' Economy, represents over 400 artisans from 25 independent artisan groups (co-ops) like Abaharaniriterambere Cooperative. This is the story of online commerce empowering artisans to overcome poverty.
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